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The Basics of Greenhouse Gardening

Apr 24, 2008
There are three aspects to gardening. The first is where your garden is inside your home. The second is to utilize outside space to plant your garden. The third is to do your gardening under glass and this is called greenhouse gardening.

Greenhouse gardening is very similar to outside gardening. You need to be able to control the greenhouse temperature. Keep in mind that plants do much better in temperatures that are a little lower than house temperatures and they need much more humidity. This will be the perfect environment for your greenhouse plants.

You need to build your greenhouse in a spot that maximizes the amount of sun that it can get through the year. This is very important for the spring and fall when the sun is at its lowest point. Locate your greenhouse where the sun will be at a southeastern to southwestern direction.

By spacing your plants regularly around the greenhouse area, it will give better ventilation flow. One good idea for ventilation is open the greenhouse doors in the morning and then close them in the late afternoon. You can even do this in the winter as long as you watch that the weather doesn't get too cold.

The other way is very simple. Just hose down the entire greenhouse floor and then open the ceiling vents. This method cools down the entire greenhouse very quickly.

Commercial potting soil works well for greenhouse plants. It is preferable to grow the plants in large trays rather than in pots or containers. The best soil mixes include fir bark, sand, peat moss, vermiculite and perlite for some drainage.

Make sure that plants will get enough water. You need to take special care and not over water plants. The moisture level is regulated in a climate controlled greenhouse.

You can use your imagination in a greenhouse. Leave yourself lots of room so you can add new plants and move around to look after them.

If you're planning on planting root vegetables such as carrots, beets and turnips, make sure they are planted in a deep box tray that you can fit under benches. Lower growing leafy vegetables can be planted in tubs with taller items. Peas, cucumbers and tomatoes also do well in tubs.

Let you imagination run wild and see what results you can obtain when it comes to greenhouse gardening.
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